Guidance for voices
Vocal services include performance guidance with dynamics, melody and harmonies. Additional services include vocal arranging and editing.
During production, these are a must in gaining that radio-quality sound.
A great vocal mix is a key to making a music track truly shine through. Above all, this needs to be applied with skill by an experience vocal producer.
Vocal Production Services
- Vocal production (mixing)
- Manual tuning
- Multi vocal alignment
- Vocal editing & manipulation
- Melody development
What is Vocal Production?
Vocal production is one of the most important parts of a song and these days there is a need for perfection. Therefore, we nurture vocals and ensure they represent all music artists styles.
Vocal Mixing Tools
We use award-winning mixing tools for music and vocal perfection, which include Melodyne, Antares Auto-Tune, Synchro Arts Vocalign, Slate Digital, Soundtoys, and the mighty Fabfilter. True analog outboard gear includes Teletronix, DBX and Neve are available for warmth and dynamics.
1950s tube AKG C12 and Neumann U87
As well as analog hardware, recently the new Fabfilter Q3 plugin arrived, which fixes certain EQ issues quickly. It's a clever one as it brings quick isolation of annoying frequencies which can then be dipped away either dynamically or through compression and we love it.
Vocal Production Tweaking & Recording
Our selection of beautiful microphones, classic preamps and mics have been heard on countless hits since the 1950s. Above all, these are the real deal for serious vocal recordings.
Alongside our gorgeous analogue gear, various award-winning digital plugins are used to tweak performances. In other words, to tailor vocals to the intended music style.
With our careful selection of equipment, we can be confident in delivering vocal perfection.
The Record Labels
From experience, major labels often tell artists not to waste their time by sending rough demos to them. To sum up, it is most important to get the sound right, prior.
Vocal Production Mixing
It all starts from a decently recorded vocal track with choices of several microphones that we have alongside tube pre-amps. Between these, we then choose what works best for a voice.
We then record the multiple vocal takes until the best performances have been delivered. Vocal takes are then chosen to suit and with this, we can go as far as choosing these line by line.
For further beautiful clarity dynamics, reverbs, delays, EQs and exciters are applied carefully to bring vocals forward into the mix.
Topline melody guidance
Knowing what makes a great top-line melody and accompanying harmonies, is a must. We have invested years in discovering what works in well known records.
For a listener, vocals need to contain emotional dynamics. Additionally, memorible melodies and movement. Our specialist skills here will bring the music into perfection.
Vintage microphones & preamps
We use some of the world's best microphones that can be heard on countless hit records. We use tube C12 (1950s), Beeznees Arrabella (U47/49), Mahalia (U67), FET U67 & others.
Alignment & pitch shifting
Pitch correction can make a track modern because there is a sound in there. We firstly make sure that a performance is emotionally connected, then humanly perfect tuning when necessary.
Vocal production harmonies
Vocal harmonies are often a vital part to bring a song to life. "Ooohs" and "Aahs" can often be "icing on the cake" and with Julian's vocal producer piano arranging skills will make vocal harmonies a breeze to create.
Here are some examples.
Vocal Production Tuning & Vocalign Acapella examples
1 - Raw vocals
2 - Tuned
3 - Mixed & Aligned
4 - Automated
Vocal Productions Tuning Examples
Vocal Production - Tools
For vocal tuning, there are several options available that are subtle to severe.
Melodyne is a manual tuning tool, which can both be subtle and severe.
This automatically adds autotune to a track and can be extreme to ligh sounding
VocalSynth is used for robotic and a vocoder effect as heard often in electronic pop music
Here is a favourite mixing plugin to shape the sound of a vocal tracks EQ. Compress or expand/reduce any frequency easily.
Syncroarts Vocalign is used to line up several vocals at once and sounds great
Compressors: FET76, VCA65, Tube STA
As well as having analogue HW, available are software plugins to warm up vocals to perfection in mixes
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